October 13 Camden Courier-Post:
“The 2010 Eagles were hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s nightmarish rash of injuries that decimated their defense and offensive line.
So far, they’re not succeeding.
Brodrick Bunkley became the latest starter with an uncertain future after the defensive tackle sustained nerve and ligament damage to his elbow in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the 49ers.
On his radio show Monday, coach Andy Reid said Bunkley would probably need season-ending surgery, but Reid on Tuesday told Comcast SportsNet that Bunkley can play past the injury without surgery.
In the report, Reid said Bunkley consulted with renowned Birmingham, Ala.-based surgeon Dr. James Andrews and team orthopedist Dr. Peter DeLuca Tuesday and discovered that surgery could potentially be avoided and that he could possibly play.
If he opts for surgery, Bunkley would become the sixth player lost for the year and third starter — maybe four, because safety Marlin Jackson, who tore his Achilles during a minicamp practice, could have beaten out Nate Allen for the starting free safety job.
Starting center Jamaal Jackson and fullback Leonard Weaver were the other two starters who didn’t make it out of the season opener.
The loss of Bunkley would be a tough blow to a run defense that has struggled at times but is coming off one of its best outings. 49ers running back Frank Gore managed just 52 rushing yards and an average of 2.9 yards per carry.
Bunkley, a 2006 first-round pick, moved into the starting lineup in 2007 and has since missed just one game. He and left tackle Mike Patterson, a 2005 first-round pick, are the powerful and quick tandem that coordinator Sean McDermott relies on to push back opposing offensive linemen to open holes for linebackers in the run defense.
Bunkley will likely be replaced by the reserve duo of Antonio Dixon and Trevor Laws, who split reps against the 49ers alongside Patterson in the base defense, where Bunkley saw almost all of his action.”
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